Friday, January 21, 2022

The Cuphead Show Hits Netflix Next Month, New Trailer Released

Cuphead and his trusty drink-holding brother will hit Netflix next month.  This news was announced today with the first official trailer for the series, which is called The Cuphead Show. This new trailer comes seven months after our first sneak peek at the show and as that peek indicated, The Cuphead Show will be about the titular character and his brother, Mugman, traversing the Inkwell Isles.  Click here to watch embedded media Unlike the game, which tasks players with wiping some debt owed to the Devil, it seems that the show is less about a central story such as that and more about episode-to-episode adventures that may or may not be hijacked by some devilish deeds from the Devil. However, the trailer reveals quite a few of the locales visited in Cuphead as well as many of the bosses our heroes face in the game.  “Based on the award-winning video game that smashed onto the scene with a gorgeous retro animation style, The Cuphead Show is a character-driven comedy series following the unique misadventures of loveable, impulsive scamp Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman,” a press release from Netflix reads. “As the two scour their surreal homeworld of the Inkwell Isles in search of fun and adventure, they always have each other’s back.”  As you might expect, the show retains the same retro style of animation as the game and it features the same 1920s-esque antics and comedy seen in it as well.  Click here to watch embedded media “The Cuphead Show combines nostalgic delights, side-splitting gags, and a healthy dose of the heebie jeebies – espeically when a ridiculously weird nemesis, The Devil himself, arrives on the scene to toy with our heroes.”  Netflix Animation is producing the 12-episode series, and each episode will run for 12 minutes. Cuphead creators Chad and Jared Moldenhaur from Studio MDHR are executive producers. The voice cast includes Tru Valentino (Psychonauts 2) as Cuphead, Frank Todaro (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure) as Mugman, Joe Hanna (Dishonored 2) as Elder Kettle, Luke Millington-Drake as the Devil, Grey Griffin (Batman: Arkham City) as Ms. Chalice, and Wayne Brady (Who's Line Is It Anyway?) as King Dice.  The Cuphead Show was announced back in 2019, and you can read about that original announcement here. Check out our thoughts on the video game that the show is based on in Game Informer’s Cuphead review after that and then read about how Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course, which features the same Ms. Chalice seen in The Cuphead Show, launches this June. Are you excited for The Cuphead Show? Let us know in the comments below! 
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    25th DICE Awards Nominees Revealed With Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Leading The Pack

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    The 25th annual DICE Awards takes place next month and will honor the best and brightest titles to release in 2021. Unlike The Game Awards, which is a bit more mainstream and consists of votes from both media and the general public, the DICE Awards (which stands for Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) is helmed by The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. It’s also an industry-only event generally viewed as the most prestigious award ceremony in the business. Today, we found out this year’s event honors 59 nominated titles across 23 categories. 

    Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart leads the pack in terms of the number of nominations with nine. Deathloop doesn’t lag far behind, garnering eight nominations. Academy members, which consists of a jury of industry peers, begin voting today. IGN will livestream the ceremony, hosted by Discovery’s Jessica Chobot and Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller, on February 24. The nominees are as follows:

    Game of the Year

    • Deathloop
    • Inscryption
    • It Takes Two
    • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
    • Returnal

    Outstanding Achievement in Animation

    • Call of Duty: Vanguard
    • Deathloop
    • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
    • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
    • Resident Evil Village

    Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

    • Call of Duty: Vanguard
    • Deathloop
    • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
    • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
    • Resident Evil Village

    Outstanding Achievement in Character

    • Deathloop – Colt Vahn
    • Kena: Bridge of Spirits – Kena
    • Life is Strange: True Colors – Alex Chen
    • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – Rivet
    • Resident Evil Village – Lady Dimitrescu

    Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

    • Deathloop
    • It Takes Two
    • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
    • Psychonauts 2
    • Returnal 

    Outstanding Achievement in Audio Design

    • Forza Horizon 5
    • Halo Infinite
    • It Takes Two
    • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
    • Returnal

    Outstanding Achievement in Story

    • Before Your Eyes
    • Inscryption
    • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Psychonauts 2
    • The Forgotten City

    Outstanding Technical Achievement

    • Battlefield 2042
    • Forza Horizon 5
    • Moncage
    • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
    • Returnal

    Action Game of the Year

    • Deathloop
    • Halo Infinite
    • Metroid Dread
    • Returnal
    • The Ascent

    Adventure Game of the Year

    • Death’s Door
    • It Takes Two
    • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Psychonauts 2
    • Resident Evil Village

    Family Game of the Year

    • Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise
    • Cozy Grove
    • Mario Party Superstars
    • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
    • Warioware: Get it Together

    Fighting Game of the Year

    • Guilty Gear -Strive-
    • Melty Blood: Type Lumina
    • Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

    Racing Game of the Year

    • F1 2021
    • Forza Horizon 5
    • Hot Wheels Unleashed

    Role-Playing Game of the Year

    • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
    • Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
    • Shin Megami Tensei V
    • Tales of Arise
    • Wildermyth

    Sports Game of the Year

    • FIFA 22
    • Mario Golf: Super Rush
    • NBA 2K22
    • Riders Republic
    • The Climb 2

    Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

    • Age of Empires IV
    • Gloomhaven
    • Griftlands
    • Inscryption
    • Loop Hero

    Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

    • Lone Echo II
    • Puzzling Places
    • Resident Evil 4 VR
    • Song in the Smoke
    • Yuki 

    Immersive Reality Game of the Year

    • Demeo
    • I Expect You To Die 2
    • Lone Echo II
    • Resident Evil 4 VR
    • Song in the Smoke

    Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game

    • Death’s Door
    • Inscryption
    • Loop Hero
    • Sable
    • Unpacking

    Mobile Game of the Year

    • Behind the Frame
    • Fantasian
    • League of Legends: Wild Rift
    • Moncage
    • Pokémon Unite 

    Online Game of the Year

    • Back 4 Blood
    • Call of Duty: Vanguard
    • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
    • Halo Infinite
    • Knockout City

    Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

    • Deathloop
    • Inscryption
    • It Takes Two
    • Loop Hero
    • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart 

    Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

    • Deathloop
    • Inscryption
    • It Takes Two
    • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
    • The Artful Escape

    It’ll be exciting to see who walks away with what, but in the meantime you can view last year’s DICE winners here.

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